Hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died while in police custody earlier this month, the Baltimore police department reported that its officers had been attacked by a “group of disorderly individuals” throwing rocks and bricks near Mondawmin Mall in Northwest Baltimore on Monday. The situation is continuing to unfold; you'll find updates below and complete coverage here.
10:50 p.m.: On Tuesday Baltimore city schools will be closed, a curfew will be imposed, and the National Guard appears set to be on the ground to help patrol the streets of Baltimore.
Guardsmen getting ready to head to Baltimore. Humvees are lined up outside pic.twitter.com/OL7yJaQ8g9— Ian Duncan (@iduncan) April 28, 2015
10:08 p.m.: For more context on the geography of the city in relation to the ongoing unrest, the New York Times maps the day’s chaos in Baltimore.
9:48 p.m.: Baltimore City Public Schools closed on Tuesday.
9:13 p.m.: A massive fire breaks out in East Baltimore, it remains unclear if related to unrest.
The fire in East Baltimore. Dozens of people out here crying and in disbelief: "This is our church!" pic.twitter.com/2DTf1m7sia— Yvonne Wenger (@yvonnewenger) April 28, 2015
Firefighters working hard to put out the flames on a senior center a Baptist choice was building b pic.twitter.com/UDmRhNTNYz— Yvonne Wenger (@yvonnewenger) April 28, 2015
The fire in east baltimore pic.twitter.com/NvjJxkqZjO— Yvonne Wenger (@yvonnewenger) April 28, 2015
8:44 p.m.: Police tell the Associated Press that 15 officers have been injured during Monday’s violence and two have been hospitalized. More than a dozen people have been arrested.
8:12 p.m.: Reports of looting continue.
We continue to receive reports of criminals looting at Mondawmin Mall. We are moving resources into the area.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015
"Police are firing beanbags and rubber bullets at looters at a mall where the Baltimore riots began," the Associated Press reports. "As three dozen police entered the mall, looters began running and driving away."
8:03 p.m.: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposes curfew in Baltimore:
7:51 p.m.: Local news footage from earlier in the day shows police vehicles getting pelted with rocks.
7:05 p.m.: State of emergency declared.
Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State Of Emergency, Activating National Guard http://t.co/rRnKErl1TY— Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) April 27, 2015
6:21 p.m.: Orioles game is postponed as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan puts National Guard on alert.
After consultation with Baltimore City Police Department, tonight's game between the Orioles & White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 27, 2015
5:43 p.m.: The situation appears to be growing slowly more chaotic. Several cars—police and otherwise—have been set ablaze throughout the afternoon. A CVS was one of the first businesses that appears to have been looted. A portion of the crowd has since shifted its attention to a check-cashing store.
4:59 p.m.: Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told reporters that at least seven Baltimore city officers had been injured this afternoon, including one whom he said was "unresponsive." Asked what to expect in terms of how the police would attempt to regain control of the situation, Kowalczyk replied: "You're going to see tear gas. You're going to see pepper balls. We're going to use appropriate methods to ensure that we're able to preserve the safety of that community."
4:46 p.m.: Baltimore Sun reporter Erica Green, who is on the scene, said that one officer appeared to be badly hurt.
The Baltimore police department attempted to disperse crowds as they deployed the SWAT team. It appeared as though a tear gas canister had been thrown into crowds, as the police reported injuries to several officers:
Officer is down. Badly injured. pic.twitter.com/5lCOTJMS2a— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) April 27, 2015
Twitter is filled with images claiming to show injured officers as the Baltimore Sun is reporting on clashes between police officers and “a large group of juveniles”:
The Sun is reporting that the violence seems to be related to an attempt to organize high school students for a mass action in response to the unexplained death of a black man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month:
All out war between kids and police pic.twitter.com/19y4YJ2Y5X— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) April 27, 2015
According to a widely circulated flier, a high school "purge" was to take place at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown. Such memes have been known to circulate regularly among city school students, based on a film "The Purge," about what would happen if all laws were suspended.
The flier included an image of protesters smashing the windshield of a police car Saturday during a march spurred by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who suffered a spinal cord injury earlier this month after being arrested by city police.
Weekend protests over Gray’s death also turned violent and the newest round of violence comes after thousands of mourners attended Gray’s funeral earlier on Monday. The University of Maryland and downtown businesses reportedly closed early because of concerns of violence, after the Baltimore Police Department said there was a "credible threat" against the police from rival gangs who had "entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers."